Drink-drive arrests take a dip

DrinkingFewer motorists were arrested for drink-driving during Cambridgeshire police’s annual Christmas clampdown.

This winter officers stopped 15,946 drivers and arrested 102, down from 110 arrests last year, when more than 5,000 motorists were checked.

Pc Steve Gedny, the force’s casualty reduction officer, said: “While it’s encouraging to see fewer drivers arrested than last year, any arrest is one too many.

“It appears our message is getting through, but it is always disappointing to see there are still a number of motorists who think it is acceptable to drive while under the influence of drink or drugs.”

Police carried out 1,143 breath tests during December.

In Cambridge, there were 21 arrests, compared with 36 the previous winter.

In Huntingdon and Fenland, there were 28 arrests, compared with 37 the year before.

Pc Gedny said drivers were not only being stopped as part of the Christmas campaign but also during routine patrols and at incidents.

He said: “This work was not just about enforcement but reminding motorists that officers are on the roads 24/7 as a deterrent to those contemplating driving under the influence”.

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